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The unknown warrior

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 14 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1919
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
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    Mrs O’Toole has for years waged an unrelenting and deeply personal war against childhood fevers. She knows every trick in the book, every strategy, and every route of attack (oral, axillary, and rectal), and as usual she began with a breathless hour by hour account of the previous night’s skirmish.

    “Wee Johnny’s temperature was up at eight o’clock. I got it down by giving him Calpol, then it came up again, so at 22 hundred hours I dropped him in a bath …

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